Leroy Chiao, PhD
“My experiences at McDonald’s have translated into almost anything I’ve done.” – Leroy Chiao, PhD
Long before he became an engineer, a scientist, and an astronaut, Dr. Leroy Chiao had an analytical appreciation for the well-thought-out system for cooking and serving food at his first job at a McDonald’s in California. He went on to apply the skills he learned there and later to master three languages, earn several degrees, join NASA, and spend 229 days in space, thirty-six of which he was outside the space station. The same principles that make a successful restaurant crew apply in most any setting, he says, and certainly when flying a space mission.
Hired 1976 – McJobs, a Golden Opportunity.